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Stay Cool in Surfside: Tips to Beat the Heat


It is no secret, summers are HOT in South Florida. In fact, much of the United States, including Florida, has been experiencing extreme heat which is defined as excessively hot weather with higher than average temperatures, combined with high humidity.  This type of weather brings along certain risks if one is exposed to it for a long time, including heat-related deaths. There are certain precautionary measures you can take to stay cool in Surfside and beat the summer heat:

  • Keep cool inside. Stay indoors in an air-conditioned environment during the warmest part of the day (usually 11:00 am - 2:00 pm). If your home does not have a working air conditioner, it is a good idea to visit an air-conditioned public space such as a mall, shared workspace, library or community center.

  • Stay hydrated! Make sure to drink plenty of water. Limit alcoholic beverages and overly sweet drinks.  

  • Dress comfortably. Wear light-colored, lightweight, loose-fitting clothing.

  • Do not leave children in cars. Never leave children, or your pets, alone in a closed vehicle -- especially during extremely hot weather. 

  • Cool off. Visit the Community Center pool and/or visit one of the local ice cream shops.

  • Beat the heat in style. Gather your favorite wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses. You should use them at all times when outdoors during periods of high heat. Also, use sunscreen of SPF 15 or higher.  If you are working outside, avoid strenuous outdoor activities and make sure to take extended and frequent breaks.

These tips can help you stay safe during periods of extreme heat.  Remember, any person of any age or physical condition can suffer from heat-related illness. Make sure to keep an extra eye on infants and young children, people ages 65 and up, and people with any mental or physical illness, especially heart disease or high blood pressure.  In the event of emergencies, call 911. For non-emergencies, please reach out to the Surfside Police Department at 305.861.4862. 

For a video produced by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), please refer to: Staying Cool in Extreme Heat

Stay safe and enjoy your summer, Surfsiders!